Toronto’s Culinary Talent Showcase

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A different dinner 4 nights a week

Tuesdays, Depanneur founder Len Senater cooks up something tasty for y’all
Wednesdays, Veg Out with Emily Zimmerman — Creative vegan comfort foods w/ fresh local & organic produce from Fresh City Farms — P.W.Y.C. after 7:30
Thursdays, Pop Up Showcase of T.O.’s best in the indie food scene, with a new feature chef each month
Fridays Invited guest chefs, amateur or professional, cook their favourite dish — it’s “open mic night” for culinary talent in Toronto

Drop-In Dinners are prepared by a rotating cast of chefs, and priced around $10-$14 (incl. tax). Dinners start at 6pm, and are served first-come, first served until we sell out, or until around 8:30. No reservations are needed or taken – just “drop in”. Seating is at one of the two big tables or at the window counters. Dinners can also be ordered to-go, and you’re welcome to bring your own containers if you like.

Every Drop-In Dinner offers a selection of hot & cold beverages, a homemade soup ($4), and a side salad ($3). Wherever possible, we provide vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free options. Check event listings for menu details.

The Dep is not licensed and events are not BYOB.

We’re always looking for enterprising foodies who’d like cook for a crowd and make a bit of extra cash. If you’d like to do a Drop-In Dinner at The Depanneur, click here to learn more.

Upcoming Drop-in Dinners


January 27 @ 6:00 pm

DROP-IN DINNER: Ethiopian Favourites by Len Senater

I’ve been in love with Ethiopian food since the first time I tasted it. Rich, warming, fragrant and filling, it is my favourite kind of cooking – humble ingredients transformed by spices and patience into remarkable dishes. I’m going to … Continue reading


January 28 @ 6:00 pm

DROP-IN DINNER: Mushroom Tempeh Stroganoff by Emily Zimmerman

Every Wednesday – Veg Out with Emily Zimmerman So, it’s cold. Time to Stroganoff! Emily is serving her variation of one of the most popular dishes in Eastern Europe and Russia — a creamy blend of mushrooms, tempeh and herbed … Continue reading


January 29 @ 6:00 pm

DROP-IN DINNER: Pot Pie by Moira Clark and Alia Toor

Friends and collaborators Alia Toor and Moira Clark return to The Dep for January’s pop-up showcase. Keeping with their theme of homestyle comfort food, Alia and Moira will be preparing a warm creamy chicken and vegetarian pot pie for a … Continue reading


January 30 @ 6:00 pm

DROP-IN DINNER: Mauritian Street Food by Vanesha Khadaroo

Returning to the Dep by popular demand, Chef Vanesha Khadaroo has assembled another excellent menu of Mauritian street food. Mauritius, a small island nestled in the Indian Ocean, is a melting pot of global cultures and traditions. Its long history … Continue reading


February 6 @ 6:00 pm

DROP-IN DINNER: Ayurveda Tri-doshec by Lee Dares

Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system incorporating cooking and medicine that aims to heal and detoxify the body. Inspired by her travels in India, Lee Dares has put together the basic staples of Vedic dining which are said to promote … Continue reading